the National Center for the Territorial Public Service (CNFPT) is a decentralized joint French public institution that supports local authorities and their agents in their public service mission. It designs and provides training for all territorial civil servants, organizes competitions and professional category A+ examinations and monitors and anticipates the development of territorial professions.

Law No. 72662 of July 13, 1972 establishes the Municipal staff training center.

Article 14 of the law notoh 84-53 Duke of January 26, 1984 on statutory provisions relating to the territorial public service had established the principle of management of these officials by management centers established at three different levels:

  • a national center for the few senior managers (A+) recruited nationally;
  • regional centers for other category A and category B agents;
  • departmental centers for agents of categories C and, at the time, D[1],[2].

The law notoh 84-594 law of July 12, 1984 relating to the training of local public service agents and supplementing the law notoh 84-53 of 26 January 1984 also provides for the creation of a national training center for the territorial public service as well as regional training centres.

Finally, while the various centers provided for by law had not been set up[3]the government of cohabitation passed a new law in 1987 (Law notoh 87-529 of July 13, 1987 amending the provisions relating to the territorial public service) which abandons the idea of ​​two distinct national public establishments in favor of a single National Center for the Territorial Public Service. The regional centers are also abandoned: the training missions are transferred to CNFPT delegations, devoid of legal personality.

A reform carried out in application of the law notoh 2007-209 of February 19, 2007[4] transferred to the management centers certain missions previously entrusted to the CNFPT (in particular the organization of competitions for categories A, B and C) in order to better distinguish the missions of training from those of management of the territorial public service.

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The National Center for the Territorial Public Service is governed by the decree notoh 87-811 of October 5, 1987 amended.

It is administered by a board of directors made up of 34 members, 17 representatives of the local authorities (12 for the municipalities, 3 for the departments and 2 for the regions) and 17 representatives of the agents appointed by the representative trade unions. Each union formation represented on the Superior Council of the territorial public service has one seat, and the others are distributed proportionally according to the professional elections to the technical committees.

The president of the CNFPT is elected by the board of directors from among local elected officials. It is currently François Deluga, elected on April 15, 2009[5]he was re-elected on January 28, 2015 and May 26, 2021. He is assisted by two vice-presidents: for the college of representatives of local authorities, Marie-Claude Jarrot, mayor of Montceau-les-mines, and for the college staff representatives, Christophe Couderc, deputy national secretary of the CGT Federation of Public Services.

The director general of the public establishment is France Burgy, in office since January 2019.

The National Guidance Council (CNO) is an advisory body, attached to the CNFPT Board of Directors. The mission of the CNO is to examine the guidelines relating to training and to advise and assist the Board of Directors in this area. It is made up of 10 representatives of local authorities, 10 representatives of trade union organizations and 5 personalities with expertise in adult training.

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In the territories, the CNFPT relies on a network of 13 delegations in mainland France and overseas. Each delegation is placed under the authority of a delegate elected by the representatives of the local authorities within the jurisdiction of the delegation.

A regional guidance council (CRO) assists the delegate with training issues. Its composition is determined according to the same principle as for the National Orientation Council placed under the Board of Directors, the number of representatives of each college depends on the number of civil servants working in the territory of the delegation.

Each CNFPT delegation works closely with the communities in its territory. It supports them in taking into account the evolution of skills, the impact of their projects on the professional skills of their agents, or even the construction of tools for the forward planning of jobs, staff and skills (GPEEC). In a logic of proximity, each delegation can offer tailor-made training courses called “intra” or “in union of communities”.

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The CNFPT has five institutes responsible for training territorial executives and executives: 4 specialized national institutes for territorial studies (INSET) located in Angers, Dunkirk, Montpellier and Nancy and the National Institute for Territorial Studies (INET) located in Strasbourg.

These five institutes provide the statutory training offer for category A agents for the INSETs (integration training, professionalization training when taking up a position, with a view to deepening knowledge or as part of the development expertise) and category A+ staff for INET (initial and continuing training). Each institute also has a center of expertise in the 5 major areas of local authority activity. Each center observes the jobs, trades, environment and activity in its field in order to develop the service offer for all CNFPT structures.

The contribution paid to the CNFPT by local authorities is the establishment’s main source of funding. It represents more than 90% of total operating revenue in the financial account. The CNFPT receives no funding from the State, neither for its operation nor for its investments. The contribution is paid by territorial employers with at least one full-time job entered in their budget on January 1 of the year of collection. 34,000 communities, out of the 49,200 in France, thus effectively contribute to the financing of the CNFPT.

In terms of base, the amount of the contribution is calculated on the basis of all the remuneration paid to the territorial agents by the taxable authority. The maximum contribution rate is set by law. Established for a long time at 1% of the payroll of agents – i.e. a percentage much lower than those noted in the other parts of the public service as in private companies – this ceiling rate of contribution was reduced to 0.9% in 2016 and maintained at the same rate in 2017, forcing the establishment to reduce its interventions and to carry out arbitrations on all of its training actions.

The establishment’s mission is to support the development of agents and local authorities. It thus offers four main categories of compulsory training: initial training, integration training, professionalization training and regulated training adapted to the requirements and constraints of certain specific professions (municipal police, firefighters and firefighters).

The CNFPT also designs and provides non-compulsory training. These are advanced training, certification training and preparation for competitive examinations and professional examinations of the territorial public service.

The CNFPT also organizes A+ professional competitions and examinations for the territorial public service: administrator, heritage curator, library curator, chief engineer.

In addition, the establishment guarantees a mission of monitoring and analyzing the territorial professional environment thanks to the Observatory of employment, trades and territorial skills, which carries out numerous qualitative and quantitative studies, intended for agents, elected officials and local authorities. It also coordinates centers of skills and expertise at the service of all CNFPT activity in their field of specialization, at INSET level. The mission of the CNFPT’s centers of competence is to ensure the monitoring and forecasting of public policies, professions and the training offer, by relying on a network of professionals, practitioners and experts.

The law of February 19, 2007 reduced the scope of action of the CNFPT, by entrusting some of its functions to coordinating management centres, in particular the organization of competitions and professional examinations for access to the territorial public service.

In addition, the CNFPT supports category A+ civil servants temporarily deprived of employment by their community – by supporting them in their process of returning to work – and can entrust them with study or analysis missions.

  1. In the overseas departments, a single center was to carry out the missions of the regional and departmental centres. And only three local centers were planned for Île-de-France.
  2. Rene Chapus, General administrative law, t. II, Paris, LGDJ Montchrestien, coll. “Domat public law”, , 15and ed.797 p. (ISBN 2-7076-1267-7), notoh 110.
  3. Commented civil service code, 4and ed., comments by Serge Salon and Jean-Charles Savignac, Paris, Dalloz, 2005, commentary on art. 12 of the law notoh 84-53, p. 656.
  4. Law of February 19, 2007.
  5. The list of members of the CNFPT board of directors

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